According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City is prepared to splash the cash to secure the Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The Premier League outfit was already linked with the 2006 World Cup winner last September, when it was reported that the club's new Abu Dhabi owners had set their sights on Gigi and were ready to bid $88 million.

However, the 30-year-old shrugged off the news and so did the club, who insisted that no amount of money could pry him away from the Stadio Olimpico.

However, the Citizens have apparently not given up hope and the Gazzetta claims Friday morning that the ex-Parma shot-stopper has been presented with a whopping offer of a five-year contract worth $18.8 million per season.

Furthermore, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed is allegedly set to put around $94 million on the table in order to persuade the Old Lady directors to part company with the keeper.

The pink paper insists that the Blues will sound out the Corso Galileo Ferraris executives in order to reel him in during the winter session of the Calciomercato.

The Azzurri stalwart stated last week that he would be the first to ask to move on should Juve receive a mega-bid.

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